LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Help Musicians UK, the largest provider of health and welfare support for the British music industry, announced plans to launch Music Minds Matter, a dedicated mental health service for people in the music industry that will be on call 24/7.
Help Musicians is Britain’s largest independent music charity, serving the music industry for almost 100 years. It has identified a ‘mental health crisis’ in the industry, which has led the charity to launch a Mental Health Fund with an investment starting at £100,000 and invited matching donations from the industry and philanthropists.
The 24/7 mental health service will launch later this year and will combine listening, advice and signposting with clinical, medical, therapeutic and welfare support.
The service was inspired by the untimely death of Linkin Park frontman Chad Bennington, who apparently committed suicide last week.
“For generations and generations, the music industry has lost some of its brightest talent and future stars due to the scourge of mental health and related issues. The situation is now urgent and we can no longer allow this to continue. We have decided to make this landmark investment as a precursor to a dedicated service – but we cannot undertake this work in isolation. We need the music industry to step up, arm in arm with Help Musicians, and match our support pound for pound, so we are proud to launch the MUSIC MINDS MATTER campaign. The forthcoming specialist 24/7 mental health service will be a global first and go hand in hand with Help Musicians’ traditional health and welfare support, which offers advice and often financial support to people in the industry across a wide range of issues,” said Richard Robinson, CEO Help Musicians.